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Columbus Blue Jackets
Even the best laid plans go awry, Jim Rutherford knows, but the alternatives can sometimes unearth hidden treasures.
The Carolina general manager couldn’t cajole the big kahuna (a top-four defenseman traded by a willing team) to take his bait (the fifth-overall selection in Sunday’s draft). Rutherford didn’t scamper around the Prudential Center floor Sunday at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft with the fruitless abandon of Captain Ahab. Instead, he plunged mesh into water and netted both a savvy Swedish center and a blue liner capable of manning a top-four post.
The Hurricanes kept their first-round pick, drafted Elias Lindholm from the Swedish Elite League and swapped the regressive Jamie McBain and a second-round pick for Buffalo defenseman Andrej Sekera. It wasn’t the tantalizing bounty that Rutherford once hoped to reap by parlaying the fifth-overal pick into an established defenseman — it was, the Canes hope, one of those hidden treasures.
Adding a center to a corps headlined by The Bro...
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NHL free agency begins on Friday but the mostly rounded-out nature of the Carolina Hurricanes roster -- not to mention the amount of payroll they already have committed -- means that the organization will most likely not be big players.
After awarding wing Alex Semin a five-year, 35-million contract extension last season, the Hurricanes did most of their big-spending long before...
Didn't see this one coming.
Bruins backup goaltender Anton Khudobin just signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Hurricanes sign Anton Khudobin, 1 year, $800,000.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 5, 2013
Wonder what Boston was offering. That's not exactly a major contract and doubt he'll beat out Cam Ward as the starter...
Free agent goaltender Dan Ellis has signed a two-year, $1.8 million contract with Dallas, where he made his NHL debut nine years ago.
The deal announced Friday was the latest in a busy week for the Stars, who have made two trades to acquire three centers.
The 33-year-old Ellis was 6-8-2 in 19 appearances with Carolina last season. He has a 2.73 goals-against average and a .908...
What I want: I want Jim Rutherford to move aggressively to shore up the defense and build out a decent 3rd line. The premium version of shoring up the defense would include 3 pieces: 1) A top 4 defenseman creating 5 options to fill 4 spots and making for great depth below the top 4; 2) At least 1 if not 2 good defensive forwards with a strong penalty-killing resume to help boost...
on Dan Ellis: $900,000 AAV on his deal with Dallas
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 5, 2013
The free agency period is less than 10 hours away from beginning and it's still tough to get a grasp on what exactly Hurricanes will do over the next few days. With a few needs to address and not much cap space to work with, GM Jim Rutherford is sort of in a bind this summer and will need to think of some creative ways to give the Hurricanes roster a boost heading into next season...
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Anton Khudobin on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Khudobin $800,000 for the 2013-14 season.
“Anton proved to be a very capable NHL backup for the Bruins last year,” said Rutherford. “This...
The Hurricanes made another move to address their defense this off-season by signing Mike Komisarek to a one-year deal at $700k. Komisarek is a ten-year veteran who at the very least gives the Hurricanes some defensive depth and more of a physical presence on their blue-line. He was a solid shutdown defenseman with Montreal for most of his career, but his play dropped off quite a...
The Hurricanes need to add forward depth this summer but don't have a lot of cap space to do so. There are a lot of free agents they could sign to fill this void, but having someone from within take hold of one of the bottom-six spots could go a long way. The frustrating part is that the Hurricanes have been saying the same thing for the last few years, only for different positions...
After Dan Ellis signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Stars, it looked like the Hurricanes were going to enter next season with Justin Peters as their back-up goaltender. This all changed once they signed Anton Khudobin to a one-year, $800,000 contract to add another goalie to the mix. Khudobin isn't exactly a proven commodity since he is 27 years old and has played only 21...
2013 was a painful year for the Carolina Hurricanes and it had an appropriate ending with the team losing 8-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. During that game, I remember the Root Sports Pittsburgh commentators saying that the Hurricanes were "making it too easy" for Pittsburgh. The Pens were skating circles around the Hurricanes for most of the game doing basically whatever...
There really isn't much to say about the two signings the Hurricanes made yesterday. They managed to avoid the madness of July 5th and were able to fill out two NHL roster spots for a combined $1.5 mil. by signing Anton Khudobin and Mike Komisarek. With the team being short on cap space, low-risk, one-year deals are not a bad idea and Jim Rutherford was able to address a need...
The Carolina Hurricanes have signed goaltender Anton Khudobin to a one year, $800K deal. Khudobin was traded to the Boston Bruins from the Minnesota Wild on February 28, 2011 in exchange for Jeff Penner and Mikko Lehtonen. This was the best possible situation for the 2004 draft pick, with Tim Thomas expected to retire in the near future. While playing with Boston this past season, [...]